Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 17:39 IST
Vivek Ramaswamy suggests Nikki Haley is psychotic
The incident highlights the growing divide within the Republican Party, with Ramaswamy representing a new generation of conservatives.
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy ignited a firestorm on Twitter with a post accusing fellow Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley of "psychotically claiming" that Russian President Vladimir Putin's birthday is linked to Hamas' recent attacks on Israel.
Ramaswamy went on to suggest that Haley's remarks were motivated by financial interests, implying that she has ties to defence contractors. He called for her to release her tax returns and client list, further escalating the controversy.
Haley has not yet publicly responded to Ramaswamy's accusations. However, her supporters have defended her, arguing that she has a long history of standing up for Israel and that Ramaswamy's attacks are politically motivated. They point out that Haley's comments about Putin were made in the context of discussing potential international threats to Israel, and that she did not explicitly claim a connection between his birthday and the Hamas attacks.
Reaction and analysis
Ramaswamy's tweet has sparked a heated debate online, with many users condemning his language as inflammatory and disrespectful. Others defended his right to criticize Haley, arguing that her views on foreign policy are dangerous and harmful.
The incident highlights the growing divide within the Republican Party, with Ramaswamy representing a new generation of conservatives who are increasingly critical of the party's establishment figures. It also raises questions about the role of money in American politics, as Ramaswamy's suggestion that Haley's comments are motivated by financial gain adds fuel to the fire of concerns about special interests influencing policy decisions.
Published December 22nd, 2023 at 17:39 IST